Sure, we all love a good Bigfoot sighting. But would you die for one? Inadvertently (and, of course, tragically) that appears to be exactly what happened to a man in Montana Sunday night.
According to dailyinterlake.com, a man the Flathead County Sheriff's Office has identified as 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell, Montana lost his life Sunday evening while "attempting to provoke a Bigfoot sighting." Tenley was reportedly dressed in a military-style "Ghillie suit" when he was struck by two vehicles along U.S. 93 South - both of them driven by teenage girls. The story indicates "alcohol may have been a factor," though it's not immediately clear whether it's Tenley or one of the drivers who may have been drinking. (We have our guess.)
"He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting," Montana Highway Patrol trooper Jim Schneider said. "You can't make it up. I haven't seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him."
That's one of the things about Ghillie suits - which are commonly used by military snipers. While Tenley's Ghillie suit was described as a store-bought version in news reports - not military grade - the suits are occasionally advertised on the Internet for their "Bigfoot-like appearance" according to dailyinterlake.com.
And that's just what Tenley was banking on. Schneider tells dailyinterlake.com that Tenley's friends confirmed as much during interviews with police -- saying he was trying to make people believe they'd just seen Bigfoot.
Tenley, located on the southbound side of U.S. 93, was struck by the first vehicle - apparently driven by a 15-year-old girl - around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. He was later struck by a 17-year-old girl as he lay in the road.
Authorities say Tenley was pronounced dead at the scene - no doubt resulting in plenty of heartache for family and friends, and also providing a valuable lesson to anyone considering trying to "provoke a Bigfoot sighting."